The first day of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is in the books. The day wasn't too long, lasting just nine levels and ending right around 11:00 PM local time in The Bahamas, but it was a very exciting one. For one, the field grew to 418 players on Day 1a. That's a very good number considering all that has been affected from Black Friday and puts the hopes of hitting around 1,200 very, very likely. Second, we saw the emergence of a massive chip leader with the name Alexey Repik.
Repik climbed all the way from the starting stack of 30,000 in chips to finish on 220,100. He played fairly aggressive for most of the day and used a rather unorthodox style as to what most players are doing these days. Instead of smaller raises preflop or smaller bet sizes compared to the pot, Repik was often raising well over three times the big blind and betting near full pot, if not a little more, during the day. Whatever he did worked, though, and he'll be a very tough man to catch for the Day 1b competitors.
At the end of play, the board read that just over 200 players remained. We'll be sure to post all the official numbers and chip counts once we receive them.
Day 1b kicks off at noon tomorrow and the field will be much, much larger. Some of the pros slated to play include last year's champion Galen Hall, Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu, Dan Shak, Matt Waxman, Eugene Katchalov and Jen Harman. PokerNews will be here to provide all the updates from the floor and you should be, too. We'll see you then.